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Stay or Go? Examining Decision Making and Behavior in Hurricane Evacuations

Projections of increasing intensity and frequency of Atlantic hurricanes with even stronger storm surges coupled with increased population density along the U.S. coast set the stage for even greater impacts and potential loss of life from hurricanes in the region.1-3 At the same time, warning technologies and risk communication have improved drastically over the past decades, providing more timely and detailed information to exposed communities. More accurate warnings and evacuation orders are available to coastal residents through many more channels (television, social media, radio, or the Internet) than ever before. Yet many residents often choose to stay (shelter in place) rather than evacuate, despite official warnings.

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